Water and more water: how things can change in just a few months.
Our thoughts go out those devastated and affected by the recent floods in Queensland and also Victoria. We can turn the clock back and we were suffering from over ten years drought with fisheries diminishing and no end in sight. Now water is everywhere. Lakes are full, rivers are flowing, the waterways have all been stocked with trout and our once bleak future looks nothing but rosy. Fishing reports indicate the fish are on the bite everywhere.
The fish are still biting with trout and redfin being caught on every form of angling method. Column regular Bryan Nygaard said the fishing down here is absolutely fantastic at the moment. He has been taking his grandsons Jack and Archie out and they have been learning the angling craft off Pa, catching rainbow and brown trout on mudeyes suspended under bubble floats.
Brian has been catching good redfin perch on Baltic Bobbers and also soft plastics. The fish all seem to be in varying depths from 3-5m of water. Brian mentioned that he has been casting the soft plastics in towards the weed beds with great success on redfin to 1.5kg trout around the same size.
The Ballarat and district lakes are well worth fishing at the moment. They have all been stocked with yearling trout and they are hungry. I recently took my boys Will and Zach out to Newlyn Reservoir for some fishing action.
We fished around the dam wall with Powerbait with had no luck, but after talking to our local fishing officer he said they had been catching a few trout over at Andersons and Hepburn Lagoon which is only about five minutes from Newlyn Reservoir.
We headed off over there and the fish were certainly on the bite at Andersons Lagoon. This is one of those waters that was completely dry for a couple of years and now is full and over flowing. Fisheries Victoria stocked the water with 10,000 yearling rainbow trout and we managed to catch and release four rainbow trout in an hour on Powerbait fished on a running sinker rig.
The water is really alive. I believe it will be one of the best waters in the district once again in the next few years and I will certainly be fishing there again very soon.
Lake Wendouree, the jewel in Ballarat’s crown, is finally full of water for the first time since 2002 and anglers are eagerly awaiting the trout that were released there to grow. We are all looking forward to next fishing season when once again anglers will be back fishing our lake.
Lake Fyans is still fishing well up in the Grampians region for trout and redfin and will continue to over the coming months. Close by at Lake Lonsdale the redfin have been on the bite. The most successful method has been trolling Stumpjumper lures behind the boat just below the dam wall.
In the river, redfin have been getting caught using the same methods as in the lake but obviously from the shore. Anglers have also been casting soft plastics with excellent results.Reads: 1415